Slow Progress

Congressmen lament slow pace of biometric ID implementation
Mica (AP)

The federal government has not created a uniform standard for biometric identification 12 years after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, a congressional oversight hearing on Wednesday morning revealed.

‘Culture of Mediocrity’

Congressmen blast mismanaged security test at ports
Rep. Gerry Connolly / AP

The Department of Homeland Security spent millions of dollars on a pilot program for a biometric identification system that ultimately failed to provide meaningful data, a congressional hearing on Thursday morning revealed.

The Anti-Stimulus

Economists agree: unemployment benefits hurt employment rates
Job fair / AP

Three different economic experts testified before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee’s Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Job Creation, and Regulatory Affairs on Thursday afternoon during a heated and contentious hearing.

Both Parties Agree: Spend More to Reduce Tax Fraud

Dem Reps. Towns, Connolly use hearing to attack House GOP budget
Rep. Edolphus Towns / AP

Democrats attacked Republican efforts to trim the budget at a recent hearing despite bipartisan support for spending more money to fight tax fraud. The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform’s Subcommittee on Government Organization held a hearing Thursday to discuss ways to fight tax fraud and identity theft.

The Hunt for Efficiency

Oversight hearing highlights successes, criticizes inefficiencies in trade assistance program
Gerry Connolly, Todd Platts / Wikimedia Commons

A House oversight subcommittee hearing Wednesday revealed inefficiencies and paperwork burdens are holding back a government program that has dramatically helped businesses, according to testimony.